Tell us about your experience with political ads

By The Center for Public Integrity

Americans saw more than 2 million TV ads during Election 2014 — did you find them to be informative?

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ps ran more than 1 million TV ads to influence those races, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking firm. Ab …"

"… ack ads that aired were political ads. The following graphic, courtesy of Center for Public Integrity partner Slate, tells the story:   …"

North Carolina's state of political hate

By Dave Levinthal

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Thomas Mills, who publishes political commentary and analysis website PoliticsNC.com. “Other than watching the World Series playoffs, I haven’t even …"

Ads in U.S. Senate contests turn nasty

By Dave Levinthal

More than seven in 10 U.S. Senate-focused television ads last week attacked or criticized a political candidate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… slung mud at either Ernst or Braley. Nonprofit organization Crossroads GPS ranks tops among conservatives’ negative Nancys with more than 3,500 U.S …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… million), Florida ($33.7 million), Illinois ($26.4 million) and New York ($14.5 million). Through Sept. 8, one day before the final five state pri …"

"… g the pack. Andrew Cuomo’s bid to remain the Democratic governor of New York put the Empire State fourth, with $13.2 million in spending, while bl …"

Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… imates by Kantar Media/CMAG. McConnell is battling Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for another six-year term. Nevertheless, Land’s campaign was not the to …"

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… r year. This funding spike roughly aligns with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which allowed nonprofits like the 60 Plus Association to …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… a, where hotly contested Senate races are underway. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is hoping to hold on to his seat while Democrats Mark Pryor of Ark …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Reform have donated $15.5 million to the RSLC, according to data from the Internal Revenue Service, three times more than the next largest single donor, the American Justice …"

Daily Disclosure: Obama slammed with $37 million in attack ads

By Rachael Marcus

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… e Republican. More than $851,000 went to opposing Flake.The Senate race in Virginia between former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and former Republican Sen. George …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… per PACs were generally backed by super donors. Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his family, for example, gave $54 million to Republican super PACs as …"

Daily Disclosure: Tea party PAC turns Democratic attack on its head

By Rachael Marcus

A new attack ad from a tea party-aligned PAC say President Barack Obama treats the presidency as "spring break."

Daily Disclosure: Ads by anonymous political groups bash Obama on big night

By Rachael Marcus

President Barack Obama will take center stage amid a barrage of negative ads in North Carolina.

Environmental groups target New Mexico Senate race

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Environmental groups are outspending big business for New Mexico Senate seat.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general election":

"… ot require spending on those ads to be reported until 60 days prior to the general election.New Mexico, the “Land of Enchantment,” possesses extraordinary beauty …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS hits North Dakota's Heitkamp

By Rachael Marcus

GOP-aligned dark money group Crossroads GPS launches second round of ads in North Dakota in as many weeks.

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… y of Health and Human Services, was backed by GOP leaders including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Indiana Gov. Mitch D …"

Daily Disclosure: U.S. Chamber drops $5.9 million on ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Ad blitz targets eight key Senate races with attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… da$1 million for “The Express” (aka “Wrong Track”) opposing former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine$914,000 for “Own It,” opposing the re-election of Democ …"

"… na, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. But it has not commented on its ads in Virginia, Missouri and Maine.Until recently, the secretive Chamber only bought elec …"

"… y an independent group to exceed $100,000 for that race, to FEC records.In Virginia, the anti-Kaine ad says he proposed “billions in new taxes” and “hig …"

"… higher energy costs for families.” It did not mention that he eliminated Virginia’s estate tax and increased the earning threshold to help remove low-inco …"

FEC deadlocks on Super PAC ad coordination with candidates

By Sandy Johnson

American Crossroads had sought approval to coordinate its ads with candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… C, following allegations two months ago that Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska unlawfully coordinated with his party on an issue ad. In essence, Crossroa …"

One House seat in Kentucky embodies how outside groups dominate politics — with money

By Anne Farris Rosen

Candidates become mere pawns as big-money groups duke it out with attack ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… m elections. Crossroads was among the first organizations formed after the Supreme Court ruling in January 2010 unleashed a torrent of mostly unregulated money int …"

"… g and advertising. Citizens United, the organization that sued and won the Supreme Court decision, contributed $1,000 to Barr’s campaign in 2010 and contributed …"

Tim Pawlenty's ties to "Swift Boat" Bob Perry

By Delal Pektas and Kelsey Sheehy

Texas donor of "Swift Boat" fame has long come to Tim Pawlenty's aid

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… with fellow Texan Karl Rove, donating $7 million dollars to the 527 group, American Crossroads. Advertisements sponsored by Crossroads attacked a slew of Democratic cand …"

The final countdown

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

If the story of this election is the rise of outside spending, the lesson we at You Report Election 2010 learned is that following the money

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… lespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to American Crossroads. The group’s new 30-second ad encourages Nevada voters to defeat the Sen …"

"… atic Sen. Patty Murray.Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, explained the strategy behind the ad. “Toward the end of the election c …"

Campaign MoneyWatch takes aim at Ken Buck’s loaded history

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

It must be Ken Buck week here at You Report central. A reader in Colorado followed up yesterday’s post about an education group’s attack ad

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ken Buck":

"… sponsible for the content of this advertising. Campaignmoney.org …"

"… emark of the television program Law & Order. A female voice warns that Ken Buck was “investigated for ethics violations” and was “reprimanded for re …"